An affordable housing project | West Chelsea, Manhattan NY
Coordinator Jonathan Kline
Fall 2017 | Carnegie Mellon University
Through research paired with a series of speculative housing designs, the Housing Archipelago project explores architectural strategies for creating affordable housing in the hyper-commodified context of New York. While the client and project brief is fabricated, the studio is designed to mirror current real-world efforts of both municipal governments and non-profit developers to address the affordable housing crisis in post-industrial cities.
New York, particularly West Chelsea was chosen as the site for its representation as an extreme case of regional housing crisis and rapid neighborhood gentrification. With that, this project takes on a bold move to design and develop an affordable housing in one of West Chelsea’s prime real estate along the Highline.
The production of agricultural is the key affordability tactics enforced in this housing project, with hopes it would mitigate the social classes present in West Chelsea, along with providing opportunities for food growth for the residents. To create these moments of agricultural production, rather than offsetting the mass and making those spaces explicitly visible, this housing project takes on a subtractive approach, maintaining the singular mass and carving out from this singular mass. The design attempts to foster communal relationships, exploring the architectural role of balancing household and community autonomy with the broader public life of the neighborhood and city.